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Tarentola delalandii (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1836)

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Higher TaxaPhyllodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Tenerife Wall Gecko
G: Kanarischer Mauergecko, Kanarengecko 
SynonymPlatydactylus delalandii DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 324
Gecko (Platydactylus) Delalandii — WEBB & BERTHELOT 1839
Tarentola delalandii — GRAY 1845: 165
Tarentola delalandii — BOULENGER 1885: 199
Tarentola delalandii delalandii — LOVERIDGE 1947: 331
Tarentola delalandii — WERMUTH 1965: 179
Tarentola (Makariogecko) delalandii — JOGER 1984
Tarentola delalandii — KLUGE 1993
Tarentola (Makariogecko) delalandii — CARRANZA et al. 2000
Tarentola delalandii — SPEYBROECK et al. 2020 
DistributionTenerife, La Palma (Canary Islands) [Spain]

Type locality: Tenerife [see comment].  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 2275 
CommentNot listed by Engelmann et al. (1993). WERMUTH (1965) and other authors include boettgeri, gigas and rudis as subspecies of T. delalandii. DUMÉRIL & BIBRON (1836) included as type localities also “Madeira and Senegal”. 
EtymologyNamed after Pierre Antoine Delalande (1787-1823) who worked for the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. He collected in South America and South Africa with Andrew Smith (1818) and others. Later Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire employed him as a taxidermist. 
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